We recently had a broken water line in the front yard of a home in Tennnessee that I rent. My neighbor informed me that their yard was flooded and that I might have a water leak. As soon as I was aware of the leak (on October 3) I called our Utility company and our landlord. The utility company said that it was on the property owners side, and they could not fix it. My landlord had someone out the next day to repair the problem. It was caused by a large tree in the front yard breaking an underground galvanized pipe. The plumber laid new pipe to the house. My problem came when I received my bill and it had $2700 for wastewater and $1080.91 for water. Usually we use around $20 worth of water. The utility company has agreed to remove the wastewater charges, but says that their policy is not to refund any water charges. I called my landlord and she said that I am responsible because I didn't notice the problem sooner. The only indication the previous week was a small puddle under a tree where water tends to stand any time it rains (due to the shade of the tree). I am planning to take her to small claims court, but was wondering if there are any Tennessee laws to protect a tenant in this situation. The house is over a hundred years old and is surrounded by large trees with old underground pipes. She is aware of the problems from trees and has us put root killing crystals in the toilet every month to help prevent problems to the sewer line. Any advice you can provide for this situation will be helpful.